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Death of the Routemaster…

OR, for real danger, now you’ll have to go to Mt. Etna It rains in London a lot. Sometimes it just mists, or mizzles, or drizzles. Other days it showers, teems, pours, tips down. In any case, it rains. As a result, quite often, the pavement is wet. It can just be foggy one early…

Baking on Saturday

Today is Saturday. I am sitting in my kitchen on Delaware Road, making cookies. It is quiet in the flat. Colin is at the other end, sitting at the computer, playing a game and relaxing. Through the open window, I can hear, again and again, the hollow sound of a tennis ball striking a racquet,…

Three Reasons to Have Children

In July, when the Barnes family left Lawrence, Kansas to visit us in London, I discovered three really great reasons to have children. The Barneses are our friends through Colin, my husband. Colin and Bob Barnes worked and played golf together in Kansas City. Bob and his wife, Amy, know each other because they are…

A familiar fear for an American in London

Published in The Kansas City Star, July 9, 2005 By ELIZABETH G. HOWARD Special to The Star LONDON — For the first few hours after the four explosions Thursday, it felt creepy, awful and horribly familiar. The BBC tore a page directly from an American news channel textbook: repeating the images of the decapitated double-decker…

Buy a donkey…

Sunny Sunday in Kentwith South Africans (and one Australian)(or, Another Explanation for “buy a donkey”) I got an email from Tim today… He and I are both members of the mutual admiration society. Tim and I met at the Warrington Hotel, the pub where I work a few days a week. Tim, like many other…

16 hours 38 Minutes

Summer Solstice in the North Atlantic Weather predicted in London21 June 2005:Partly SunnyScattered CloudsHigh: 75 F Sunrise: 4:44 a.m. BSTSunset: 9:22 p.m. BST Civil Twilight: 10:10 p.m.Moon: Full tomorrow

A Fine Piece… Weekend in Scotland

Letter from London… 26 May 2005 Since we met in 2002, Colin and I have been doing something that a lot of heavy-in-love couples do: we surreptitiously compete to see who can give the best Christmas and birthday presents. The first Christmas, when we had only been together a few months, I gave Colin a…

First draft complete

Starbucks in Maida Vale, London. W9. I finished the first draft of “The One” today. I was listening to my Mp3 player, and pushed my way through the outline, through the epilogue. No, I don’t have a publisher. No, I don’t have an agent. No, you can’t read it, yet. But, yes, I have finished…